As one of Orange County’s three million residents, you live a life that’s well-protected. When you go for a morning jog, drive to work on the freeways, work in a construction site, or eat at a restaurant, you expect to return home safe and sound.
However, according to the California Department of Public Health, county residents suffered 19,252 non-fatal injuries that required hospitalization. Statistics were for 2011, the latest year for which information was available. Here are the top five injuries for which causes could be determined.
- The 8,720 falls included those as simple as slipping on a wet floor at home to dropping from a rickety scaffold at a construction site. The main victims were the elderly with 3,555 affecting those aged 65-84 and 2,647 for those 85 and over.
- Poisoning affected 1,709 individuals and included 900 that were self-inflicted and 809 that were accidental. Those aged 25-44 had the most self-inflicted injuries at 280, followed by the 272 who were 45-62 years old. For accidental injuries, 288 were aged 45-64 and 184 were aged 65-84.
- Traffic accidents caused 1,078 injuries to both drivers and passengers. These incidents affect working adults with 307 of the injured aged 25 to 44 and 248 aged 45 to 64.
- Assaults injured 521 with unarmed fights causing 154 total injuries, mostly to the 63 victims aged 25-44 and the 31 who were 45 to 64 years old. Other causes in this group included 142 for cutting and piercing, 111 for other and 43 for blunt objects. Total assaults affected 25-44 the most with 197 incidents, followed by those aged 20-24 with 114 injuries.
- Rounding out the list were the 403 who were struck by an object, which included those hit by machinery in factories and those struck by sporting equipment during recreation. The 86 injured were 25 to 44 years old, followed by the 74 who were 45 to 64.